Colin Crowell, Twitter’s vice president of public policy for the past eight years, is leaving the company, he announced via tweet Thursday.
Crowell hasn’t said what he will do next, but his departure is significant for Twitter, which has had its share of policy issues to navigate during Crowell’s tenure but has generally had fewer headaches than Google or Facebook.
“When we face challenges at Twitter, it’s possible to lose sight of its abiding and powerful promise,” he tweeted. “I’ve been awed by the power of open, public conversation to break down barriers, challenge differences, and help democratize access to information.”
Crowell, a Democrat, is well-respected in D.C. circles, and came to Twitter after working at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill for Sen. Ed Markey.